Class of ’08 Preview: Spotsylvania

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Continuing on with our preview of the 2008 recruiting class, we take a look at some of the potential prospects coming out of Spotsylvania High School (VA). Head coach Myron Matthias boasts several prospects he feels could garner college attention. Included among the list is a 6-5, 280-pound offensive lineman.

That 6-5, 280-pound prospect is Bruce Crane .

“Bruce is getting a couple of looks,” Matthias said. “UVa has shown some interest. He is at least on their mail list. JMU has shown interest.”

Crane returned to the gridiron this past season after taking his sophomore season off.

“Last year was his first year playing offensive line and he did pretty well,” Matthias said of Crane, who earned honorable mention all-district honors for his junior season performance. “His strength is obviously his size. He’s pretty quick. He moves pretty well. He has that natural offensive lineman mentality. He wants to put you on your back. Those are all things in his benefit. He didn’t play as a sophomore, so last year was his first year playing since his freshman year. By the time he wanted to come back his sophomore season, it was too late. He came back hungry last season and was the strength of our offensive line. He played left offensive tackle. On defense, he played defensive end.”

Matthias expects even more growth out of Crane by the start of next season.

“He’s pretty lean,” Matthias said. “He needs to get in the weight room and get stronger if he wants to take his game to the next level. He has natural strength. He is committed to the weight room and he has gotten stronger. It’s imperative that he keeps it up.”

Crane may attend camp at either UVa or Virginia Tech. He appears to be Spotsylvania’s top prospect at the moment, but there are others.

“There is Ethan Perry,” Matthias said. “He plays running back and linebacker. He is a 6-2, 200-pound running back/linebacker. He’s a strong kid. He runs well. He’s a low 4.6 40 kid. He has good feet. He has all the physical ability, but we’re waiting for him to put it together for a full year. He had good games and made great plays, so hopefully he’ll have a complete senior season. As a running back, he catches passes out of the